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tv   Secretary of State Tillerson on Religious Freedom Report  CSPAN  August 16, 2017 2:20am-2:31am EDT

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>> the family of the woman killed during the white nationalists attested charlottesville, virginia, is holding a memorial service in downtown charlottesville. live coverage beginning at 11:00 he turn the span. that line in the los angeles times reads the state department on religious or situation and uses the islamic state of genocide. rex tillerson made that accusation at a conference for the release of the religious freedom report. they talked for 10 minutes.
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>> morning, all. we are releasing today, the 2016 international religious freedom report. this report is a requirement for that religious freedom act of 1998. legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core american value under the constitution's first amendment, as well as the universal human right. this law calls for the government to "stand for liberty, and stand with the persecuted. to use and implement appropriate tools of the united states foreign-policy apparatus, including diplomatic, political, commercial, charitable, educational, channels for religious freedom by all governments and peoples." almost 20 years after, conditions are far from ideal. religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent. almost 80% of the global population live with
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restrictions on, or hostilities to limit their freedom of religion. where religious freedom is not protected, we know that instability, human rights abuses, and violent extremism as a greater opportunity to take root. we cannot ignore these conditions. the trump administration has committed to addressing these conditions, in part, by advancing international religious freedom around the world. the state department will continue to advocate on behalf of those seeking to live their lives according to their faith. the release of the 2016 international religious freedom report details the status of religious freedom in 199 countries and territories, and provides insights into significant and growing challenges. today i want to call out a few of the more egregious and troubling examples. as we make progress in defeating
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isis and denying them their caliphate, their terrorist members have, and continue to target multiple religions and ethnic groups for rape, kidnapping, in slave meant, and even death. to remove any ambiguity from previous statements are reports by the state department, the crime of genocide requires three elements. specific acts, with specific intent to destroy in whole, or in part specific people. members of national, ethnic, racial or religious groups. specific act, specific intent, specific people. application of the law to the fact to the conclusion, isis is clearly responsible for genocide against using the, christians and muslims in areas it controls her has controlled. isis is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at the
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same groups, and in some cases against any muslims, kurds and other minorities. more recently, isis has claimed responsibility for attack on christian pilgrims and christian churches in egypt. protection of these groups, and other subject to violent extremism is a human rights priority for the trump administration. we will continue working with our regional partners to protect religious minority communities from terrorist attacks, and to preserve their cultural heritage. as the 2016 report indicates, many governments around the world use discriminatory laws to deny citizens freedom of religion or belief. in iran, christians and other minorities are persecuted for their faith. iran continues to send its individuals to death under vague
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apostasy laws. 20 individuals were executed in 2016 on charges that included "waging war against god." members of the community are imprisoned today simply for abiding by their beliefs. we remain concerned about the state of religious freedom in saudi arabia. the government does not recognize the right of non-muslims to practice their religion in public, and applied criminal penalties, including prison sentences, lashes and fines for atheism, blasphemy and insulting the states interpretation of islam. the particular concern are attacks targeting muslims, and the continued pattern of social prejudice and discrimination against them. we urge saudi arabia to embrace greater degrees of religious freedom for all of its citizens. in turkey, authorities continue to limit the human rights of members of some religious minority groups, and some communities continue to
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experience protracted property disputes. muslims such as a leave a muslims do not receive the same governmental protections as those enjoyed by recognize non-muslim majorities. -- minorities. they have faced discrimination and violence. additionally, the united states continues to advocate for the release of pastor andrew brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned in turkey. and in bahrain, the government continue to question, detain and arrest shia clerics. community members and politicians. members of the community continue to report ongoing discrimination in government employment, education and the justice system. bahrain must stop discriminating against the shia communities. in china, the government tortures detains an imprisoned thousands for practicing their religious beliefs. dozens of fallen members have died in detention.
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police policies that restrict muslims and tibet and buddhist practices have increased. religious freedom is under attack in pakistan, where militant two dozen are on death row, or serving life imprisonment for blasphemy. the government marginalizes muslims and refuses to recognize them as muslim. it is my hope that the new prime minister of the government will promote interfaith harmony, and protect the rights of religious minorities. finally, in sudan, the government arrests, intimidates church members. it denied permits for the construction of new churches. we encourage the government of sudan to a gauge concretely on the religious freedom action plan provided by the department last year. unfortunately, the list goes on. no one should have to live in fear, worship in secret, or face
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discrimination because of his or her beliefs. as president trump has said, we look forward to a day when "people of all faiths, christians, muslims, jewish and hindus can follow their hearts and worship according to their conscience." the state department will continue a severance to make that a reality. recently nominated ambassador at large for international religious freedom, governor brownback will be the highest ranking official to take up this important post. we look forward to his swift confirmation. the i think my many colleagues at the department and overseas who contributed to this report, specifically the office of international freedom, including senior on global justice issues, special advisor for religious minorities in the previous ambassador at large, david sapp or stein. --david silverstein
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silverstein. we look forward to working with congress and the administration to continue america's indispensable role as a champion of religious freedom the world over. thank you very much. i have no response to his decisions in all it this time. we continue to be interested in finding a way to get to dialogue, but that is up to him. >> [indiscernible] i tomorrow veteran journalists from voice of america talk about the recent elections in kenya you we are live from the center for strategic and international studies at 2:30 p.m. eastern on c-span two.
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